Matt McCants

Ready or not: Rookie Kizer now Browns starting quarterback

DeShone Kizer will be next through the Browns' quarterback turnstile.

He doesn't want it to spin again anytime soon.

The rocket-armed rookie QB from Notre Dame was named Cleveland's starter for Saturday night's third exhibition game in Tampa Bay, and barring an unforeseen flop or injury — remember, these are the Browns — Kizer will start the Sept. 10 season opener against Pittsburgh.

After watching Kizer develop over the past month and show poise while delivering some long completions in two preseason appearances, coach Hue Jackson picked him over veterans Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler.

"I don't ever want to put something on someone too soon if they're...